Today is a special post where we have the pleasure to ask our two top guests, Frenchie Mummy and Baba, to talk about weaning.
A big step in the world of both bébé et maman, let’s hear what are their opinion on the matter.
Baba’s vision on weaning
Hello, chaps! So happy to be back after a long absence. First of all, I would like to thank all my fans who said that I was cute or gorgeous. Merci les filles; I am really touched by all your comments.
So, weaning eh? Pretty facile I would say and so much better than having only milk. I didn’t want to upset maman but I was getting pretty tired of this. I was so content when she decided to move me onto some solid food.
I have been checking a lot of what my parents are eating and I am so looking forward to doing like them. I still have to try some of my maman’s favourite food such as burger, cheese, chocolate and pizza amongst others. But overall I haven’t done so badly in the last couple of weeks.
Here is what I tried and my opinion of it:
- Baby rice: pretty awesome at first. However, I am getting bored of it now. But the texture was really interesting when we tried.
- Porridge: banana and strawberry flavours are so tasty. I love it in the mornings
- Banana: It’s my préféré! Snack time at 4pm and I am dribbling just looking at maman mashing it for me!
- Apple compote: pretty awesome too as it’s sucré
- Sweet potatoes: not convinced at first. The colour was weird so I was obviously suspicious. Having said that, both papa et maman were so into it ‘yum, c’est bon!’, I decided to make them happy and eat it.
Unfortunately, maman also tried to poison me many times. As I said before, I am suspicious and check on her when she prepares my meals. I mean, what on earth is that thing called petit pois! Disgusting and it gave me a very bad tummy ache. I had my revenge 😈. I did a massive and smelly poo that she had to clean up! Potatoes were not nice either. I think it would be better topped up with fromage.
Overall, the experience has been pretty amazing. I can’t wait to check this red substance that mummy regularly enjoys at dinner. Something called vin? Sounds yummy to me!
Frenchie Mummy’s vision on weaning
I was very cautious about starting this process with Baba. Even though he has always been a heavy drinker (on average 900ml of milk a day) very soon, I was concerned that I would start too early. But I checked with my doctors and they were pretty relaxed about it and told me that he was definitely ready.
So we started this new adventure about 3 weeks ago and it’s going pretty well. They are just some stuff that I learnt on the go that is worth mentioning.
I am quite a control freak. Even though I read a lot about weaning and knew it would be pretty messy, I didn’t quite realise to what extent! You see, the problem is that Baba is very much like me and therefore likes being in charge. La preuve is here.
And yes, it can become messy. I mean seriously, sometimes he would just want to grab the spoon full of food and then decides to scratch his ear… So you need to be prepared.
Another thing you may want to take into consideration is the amount of poop that the baby can produce. I sometimes have to change Baba 3 or 4 times before 12pm! And his moutardes are far from smelling like roses! Nobody warned me about that. And to make it even better, Baba tends to do so early in the morning. Quelle surprise!
Don’t force the babies to eat if they don’t like whatever you prepare. Baba is quite selective (actually, he is such a diva!) and checks thoroughly his meals. I let him observe so that he sees how much I love him. I also think that it helps him to trust eating what I give him. He examines all aspects of the food prepared: colour, consistency, smell… He is a proper Michelin Guide expert. Bien sûr, il est français!
Baba, a future judge in the Great British Bake-Off… Can you see that he dribbled on his comforter? He is impressed for sure.
Some essentials for weaning happily
- A happy baby’ If they are not in the mood, don’t bother
- A mummy well awake. It’s not good to put it in the ear or the nostril, vraiment!
- A high chair. We started first in a bouncer. And it wasn’t a great idea. Frenchie Mummy didn’t have time to go and buy one. Too busy blogging. Mauvaise mère…
- An army of muslins and some wet washcloth to wipe it all: face, neck, nose, hands, ears, hair. Why on earth is he always trying to put his hands in his food to then get it all over him!?
- Some water just in case
- A lot of ingenuity to convince le petit singe that his food is top quality. Do whatever it takes for him/ her to allow you to put the spoon in their mouth. My favourite are ‘Miam Miam c’est bon!’ with a big smile. Another one that works well is when both Grumpy Boyfriend and I pretend to eat it first. ‘So delicious’. Baba observes quietly before begging for it. I don’t think he likes sharing his food…ahahaha
- Patience is also key, on both sides! Me because it sometimes takes us 15 minutes for the baby to eat some porridge. But also Baba as he sometimes whinges when I dare to take the spoon away from him.He is starting to understand the concept. I am actually refilling it for a next round. I am not an evil person who tries to steal his dear nourriture… I have proper food in my fridge, like cheese, chocolate! Why would I do that? Je vous le demande…
- Not being scared of getting dirty or looking I spent most of the time saying ‘Aah, Aah’ when I feed the monstre.
What about you dear readers? Tell us your best weaning anecdotes. What was your baby’s favourite food? What are your best tips?
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